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The Ukraine Crisis

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict that began in 2014. Russian now controls the Azov Sea and occupies the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. It has also blockaded all Ukrainian Black Sea ports which are currently closed to all shipping. This category includes all aspects of the conflict affecting ports – port status and alternative export routes. (Updated 24.06.2022)

Containers delayed in Gioia Tauro by Ukraine crisis

Gioia Tauro, Italy (Ports Europe) March 1, 2022 – The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to the temporary closure of all Ukrainian Azov and Black Sea...

NCSP – Announcement regarding EU sanctions

Novorossiysk, Russia (Ports Europe) March 1, 2022 – Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) has published an announcement saying that it “continues...

Ocean Network Express – Russia – Ukraine Status

ONE – Ocean Network Express – Russia – Ukraine Status – February 28, 2022 Due to the recent developments in Ukraine and Russia we regret to...

EU shipowners highlight importance of seafarers in Ukraine crisis

ECSA urges regulators to guarantee seafarers’ mobility and their rights as essential workers – February 28, 2022 European shipowners are following very...

Maersk – Russia / Ukraine update

Russia / Ukraine update – February 28th, 2022 – Update 5 In light of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, we at A.P. Moller –...

Russian ports are a no-go zone for global terminal operators; logistics firms withdraw from Russia

Vienna, Austria (Ports Europe) February 28 – Global container line Maersk is considering suspending transports to Russia and Russian ports. This is only the...

Ukraine’s Berdyansk port falls to the invading Russia; Mariupol port is surrounded

Berdyansk, Ukraine (Ports Europe) February 28 – Ukraine’s second largest Azov Sea port, Berdyansk, has been occupied by invading Russian forces as of...

Russian invasion in Ukraine has only just begun – what is the future for the Ukraine’s ports and transport infrastructure after the war?

Odessa, Ukraine (Ports Europe) February 28 – Five days after the start of Russian invasion in Ukraine, it seems that the Azov Sea will most likely become a...

Grain traders suspend Ukrainian port operations

Vienna, Austria (Ports Europe) February 25, 2022 – Agricultural trading companies Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM) and Bunge have both suspended operations...

UPDATE – Ukraine can’t use its Black and Azov Sea ports after Russian invasion; Commodities’ export affected

Mariupol, Ukraine (Ports Europe) February 26 – Ukraine, invaded by Russia on February 24, became commercially a landlocked country after Moscow blocked the...

Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens grain supplies – port companies suspend activities

Vienna, Austria (Ports Europe) February 25, 2022 – The Ukrainian authorities have suspended all commercial shipping from its ports, according to a report...

MSC – Ukraine security situation impact on shipping services

MSC – Ukraine security situation impact on shipping services – February 24, 2022 Please be advised that due to the ongoing and rapidly changing...

CMA CGM – Black Sea and Ukraine situation update

CMA CGM – Black Sea and Ukraine situation update – February 24, 2022 The CMA CGM Group has been closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and the...

Russia has invaded Ukraine – Azov Sea closed

Mariupol, Russia (Ports Europe) February 24 – Russia blocked the entire Azov Sea from 0400 Moscow time February 24, paralysing the Ukrainian ports of...

Port of Monfalcone concerned about cargo from Ukraine

Trieste, Italy (Ports Europe) February 23, 2022 – The Port of Monfalcone in the North Adriatic Sea is an importer of steel from the Ukrainian port of...

Belarus seeks Russian support for new Baltic Sea port

Vienna, Austria (Ports Europe) February 21, 2022 – With the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held talks with...

Ukraine warns of a blockade of Black Sea ports

A corridor has been identified for the safe entry of merchant vessels into Ukrainian ports. Depth is confirmed at the level of 15-22.5 meters. Special...

Ukraine reports that it seaports are operating normally

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has reported today that vessels of the State Hydrographic Institute have inspected more than 50% of the maritime...

Analysis – Ukraine and Russia’s meddling Much ado about nothing, political theatre at the expense of ports’ business

Mariupol, Ukraine (Ports Europe) February 14, 2022 – We are not going to have a Russian invasion in Ukraine. It already has happened in 2014 with the...

Statement by Ukraine on the decision of the Russian Federation to block parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly protests against the decision of the Russian Federation to block parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov...

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